On Monday 12th October, students at LJMU’s School of Art and Design were joined by Alistair Hudson, Director of MIMA, as they continued to prepare and develop ideas for the opening of the Office of Useful Art
On Monday 5th October, the Office of Useful Art: Liverpool 2015 got underway with a talk in the LJMU/Liverpool School of Art and Design ‘Exhibitions Research Centre’ space. Lindsey Fryer, Head of Learning at Tate Liverpool, kindly joined us for a discussion about the range of ideas and parameters that the Office of Useful Art activates as a vehicle for collaborative learning, production and change. We were also joined, via Skype, by Gemma Medina and Alessandra Saviotti – who are the activists behind the ‘Broadcasting the Archive’ project with The Asociacion of Arte Útil. The Office of Useful Art: Liverpool 2015 will bring together work undertaken through ‘The Uses of Art’ Project, in association with L’Internationale, MIMA, Tate Liverpool and the Association of Arte Útil. The Office of Useful Art: Liverpool 2015 will also act as a means to develop and generate debate in the lead up to the Visible Award debate and prize giving which will take place in Liverpool on 31 October 2015.
From Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th of September I attended the ‘Geo-Politics’ Glossary of Common Knowledge Seminars and Talks at +MSUM Ljubljana. This was an incredible event, details of which can be found at the Glossary of Common Knowledge site. The event launched with a talk by Boris Burden and also included a public Panel on ‘The Geopolitics of Migration’ from Boris Buden, Djordje Balmazović (Škart collective), Ela Meh, Tzortzis Rallis and Darij Zadnikar. As the realities of the migration ‘crisis’ gripped Europe, it was also decided to add the term ‘Migrancy’ to the debate over Geopolitics. The next Glossary of Common Knowledge Seminar will be in Liverpool in early March and will look at the term Constituencies as part of the L’Internationale ‘Constituencies’ research strand of the ‘Uses of Art Project’.